The Hamlet of Vaunières in the heart of the Hautes Alps, is a very international place: all year through, European and international volunteers live there together with people from very different social backgrounds. The entire village has been built by French, European and International youths since 1964, so there is a huge story of cultural diversity. In the heart of the Hautes Alpes, the association “Les Villages des Jeunes” has been managing, livening up and renovating the reception center of Vaunières since 1964. It is an old mountain hamlet, now a ‘springboard’ place for youth and adults experiencing family, health or professional difficulties, and who need to take some time to recharge, acquire new skills and reflect on their plans. Vaunières is also a place where families, tourists and people with disabilities come on holiday to enjoy the calm of the mountains and the dynamics of the aera. The work camps that we organise at Vaunières with volunteers from all over the world allow us to strengthen the cultural diversity of our activities and to make this site open to the world, a place where people of all ages and all social and cultural backgrounds agree to meet by working together and sharing collective life. We hope that you too, a volunteer from France or abroad, will come in this spirit of meeting and working together which brings our project to life.
“Genders and sexualities” youth exchange aims at deconstructing prejudices and building a society open to all. During this project, you will participate in and animate workshops (debate, movies, theatre…) about genders and sexualities. The goal is to define and to reflect upon these topics. This project will mix people from 4 differents countries and it will help to have different perspectives and cultural backgrounds.
Reflexion about the notion of genders and sexualities. For this youth exchange, we invite you to participate in activities around genders and sexualities. You will participat at some debats, create some workshop for the people on the village and you will create posters for awareness about the genders and sexualities. This exchange, apart from the “genders'” theme, will also be an opportunity for you to meet people from different countries, with varied backgrounds….
During this exchange, you will also be able to experience life within a collective. There will therefore be workshops to offer to organize daily life, activities…Everyone is expected to take part in everyday life. You will be fully involved in this exchange ! You can therefore offer workshops,activities…
You will sleep in tents (one per person) and will have access to all the facilities of the center (dining room, kitchen, showers and toilets). Daily tasks (meals, cleaning etc) are shared with all volunteers. Please note that there is no signal nor reception at the spot due to remoteness of the location.
You will organise your free time and leisure that could fit to the group expectations, regarding budget, time andavailable leisure. Therefore, you plan and realize free-time activities together in the region around the project place. It is up to each of you to take an active role in the camp life in a way that is comfortable for you and for the whole group.
These possibilities can be really diversified (regionaltourism, local events, inhabitants’ meetings, green tourism,etc.). It is the responsibility of all participants to organise your free time and to participate to the good dynamism ofthe group. The closest cities are: Gap (40 km), Grenoble (100 km), Sisteron (60 km), Marseille (200 km).
Participants should be aged 18 to 30. There is no age limit for group leaders. No specific skills are required to take part in this project, just a strong motivation t experience a multicultural collective life. Participants having experience in this field and willing to share their knowledge are welcome! Bring your music instruments and songs with you if you have some. Your group will consist of 20 participants. Please note that other groups will live with you at Vaunières at the same time: volunteers, teenagers, permanents,workers… The language used during the exchange will depend on the group and the capacities of each volunteer, but English and French are the common languages on these projects.
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